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As the daughter of a pastor at the African Methodist Episcopal Church , Scott spent most of her childhood in New Jersey , where she learned to play the organ from the age of 7 in the churches where her father was employed. Soon she was organist in the youth and gospel choirs in her father's church or in other churches. Scott later studied classical piano. She focused more on the organ and earned a Masters Degree in Music Theory from the Manhattan School of Music . During this time she was asked by a choir member to play in a small band as a jazz pianist. Under the condition. She agreed to play the organ instead of the piano. On the Hammond organ , she gradually became an outstanding jazz musician.
“It really is the most beautiful musical instrument in the world,” she said of the organ. "The first thing I did was take off my shoes and operate the pedals." From then on she played the church organ barefoot. She continues this practice to this day, which earned her the nickname "The Barefoot Lady". She is considered a role model for many who also play the organ barefoot today. Because of her church training, Scott uses the pedals to play walking bass lines . This leaves her left hand free for more sophisticated chords.
Rhoda Scott was discovered by Count Basie , who hired her for his Harlem club . In 1967 she moved to France , where the success was far greater than in the United States . She performed at the Paris Olympia and appeared on stage with many greats such as Ray Charles , George Benson , Ella Fitzgerald , Kenny Clarke and Gilbert Bécaud . In the 1970s she was often accompanied by Joe Thomas ( flute / tenor saxophone ) and Cees Kranenburg Jr. ( drums ).
- Live at the Key Club (1963), with Joe Thomas , Bill Elliott
- Live at the Olympia (Emarcy, 1970) with Joe Thomas, Cees Kranenburg (d)
- Come Bach to me (Universal Music France, 1971)
- Jazz in Paris - Rhoda Scott & Kenny Clarke (Emarcy / Gitanes, 1977)
- Lady Quartet - Live at the Sunset, Paris (Must Record, 2008)
- The Look of Love - A Tribute to Burt Bacharach (DJAZ DISTRIB, 2009)
- We Free Queens (2017, with Julie Saury, Sophie Alour , Lisa Cat-Berro, and Anne Paceo , Géraldine Laurent , Julien Alour)
- Movin 'Blues (Sunset 2020, with Thomas Derouineau)
- The Death and Rebirth of the Hammond B-3 . In: Wall Street Journal , January 8, 2002, pow-wowcentral.com ( Memento of the original of September 28, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.
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|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||American jazz organist|
|DATE OF BIRTH||July 3, 1938|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Dorothy , New Jersey|